The CHRC supports initiatives that promote the human rights of all children. Below, you can find issues that the CHRC has actively supported:
Advocating for Child Migrants Seeking Protection in United States
This past summer, the United States experienced a historically unprecedented surge of undocumented children and families seeking sanctuary and protection at the southwest border. The number of children migrating alone to the US has tripled over the last five years, with over 80,000 children apprehended this year alone, arriving mostly from Central America and Mexico. Hundreds of these children are currently in secure facilities in Chicago awaiting immigration hearings. On July 23rd, the CHRC wrote a letter to the White House offering recommendations on the situation of immigrant children at the border of the United States. Read more about the letter here.
CHRC Director on Fox News Immigration Debate
On Tuesday, Dane Placko from Fox 32 News interviewed CHRC Director Katherine Kaufka Walts. The story on unaccompanied minors traveling to the United States aired on TV on Tuesday night. Click here to watch the interview. Also see this article on the issue, which quotes Katherine Kaufka Walts.
Promoting the Rights of Children Trafficked for Labor in the United States
In 2012, the CHRC submitted an Alternative Report to the Periodic Report of the U.S. to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Concerning the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography. Read about the report here: Promoting the Rights of Children Trafficked for Labor in the United States.
Also see our other work around Advocacy relating to Child Trafficking and Exploitation here.
The DREAM Act
The CHRC supports the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Read more about the DREAM Act here: Promoting Human Rights of Undocumented Students.
CHRC Attends 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report Release
The CHRC was represented at the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report release event, held on June 20, 2014, in Washington, DC. CHRC Director, Katherine Kaufka Walts was invited to attend the event releasing at the Ben Franklin Room in Washington DC. Ms. Kaufka Walts was among Secretary of State, John Kerry, Ambassador Lou CdeBaca, and Sarah Sewall, Undersecretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. Read Ms. Kaufka Walts' statement on the report here. Read the TIP 2014 Press Release. View Secretary Kerry's remarks.